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  • 100% of graduates maintained stable housing
  • 100% of graduates maintained stable employment
  • 93% of graduates had not increased their debt

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Statistics on Homelessness in DuPage County

Average age of a homeless person in DuPage County:  8 years old

Child poverty rate in DuPage County (1):  11%

DuPage County residents who live in poverty (1):  71,040 residents, or 7.8% of DuPage County residents

DuPage County residents who live in extreme poverty (2):  28,384 residents, or 3.1% of DuPage County residents

Fair market monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in DuPage County (3):  $958

Number of hours needed to work, per week, at minimum age to afford rent (3):  89 hours

Unemployment rate in DuPage County as of Nov 2013 (4):  6.5%, or 34,372 DuPage County residents

Sources:

1 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 and 2011 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, www.census.gov/did/www/saipe

2 2011 American Community Services Survey, www.dupagehomeless.org

3 National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach 2012, http://nlihc.org/oor/2012

Illinois Department of Employment Security's Local Area Unemployment Statistics http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/laus/lausmenu.htm


One Night survey

A One Night survey conducted on January 30, 2013 indicated that 636 persons in DuPage County were homeless on that night.  This is a reduction from 676 in 2011.

215 persons in emergency shelter, including 16 family units.
421 persons in transitional housing, including 104 family units.
29 unsheltered persons on the street.

69 of the sheltered persons were chronically homeless – Of these, there were 64 individuals and 2 families (5 persons).


There were 83 youth between the ages of 18-24 in shelter or transitional housing on that night.


For more complete information please see the 2013 Homeless Populations Chart. The next Homeless Count is scheduled for January 2014.

Source: DuPage County Continuum, www.dupagehomeless.org